Our Lady Academy (Bay St. Louis, Mississippi)

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Our Lady Academy
222 South Beach Boulevard
Bay St. Louis, (Hancock County), Mississippi 39520
United States
Coordinates 30°18′30″N 89°19′45″W / 30.30833°N 89.32917°W / 30.30833; -89.32917Coordinates: 30°18′30″N 89°19′45″W / 30.30833°N 89.32917°W / 30.30833; -89.32917
Type Private, All-Girls
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1971
Founder Mother Catherine McAuley
President Sister Jackie Howard
Principal Darnell Cuevas
Grades 712
Age range 12-18
Color(s) Maroon and Silver         
Mascot Crescent
Nickname OLA
Team name Crescents
Rival St. Patrick's Catholic High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Publication From Within (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper Maroon Tribune
Yearbook Tomorrow's Past
Affiliation National Catholic Educational Association [2]
Athletic Director Paul Langham

Our Lady Academy (OLA) is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. It is the only all-female Catholic school in Mississippi.[3]


Our Lady Academy was established in 1971 by the Sisters of Mercy at the same location as a previous all-girls high school, St. Joseph Academy, which operated from 1855 to 1967. St. Joseph Academy closed after it was severely damaged by Hurricane Betsy in 1965. There was talk of reopening St. Joseph Academy until Hurricane Camille hit in 1969.

Our Lady Academy is an exceptional school that excels in education, standardized test scores, and athletics. The relatively small campus, consisting of only a few buildings and a gym, is located on the beach of Bay St. Louis. OLA's mascot is the Crescent and the teams are known as "The Crescents." The Our Lady Academy soccer team has won 7 state titles in recent years for the 1A/2A/3A division. The volleyball team has many state titles to their name as well.

Our Lady Academy was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Classes resumed two months after the storm, sharing resources with nearby all-boys Saint Stanislaus College. The motto for the two schools after Hurricane Katrina was "Two Schools, One Spirit." [3]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ AdvancED. "AdvancED-Find Accredited Institutions". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  2. ^ NCEA. "NCEA School Locator". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b OLA. "About Our Lady Academy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-04. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 

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